Quirky Des Moines #5 – A Fortune built on Foundation

  Carl Weeks was born the sixth in a family of eight children. His family lived in western Kansas during Carl’s early years, then moved to Des Moines in 1888 when he was 12.  Carl got a job helping in a drug store, and studied at the now defunct Highland Park College on the north…

Quirky Des Moines #3 Tall, Dark, and Horseback

This story is about Wilson.  Wilson lived in Des Moines during the late thirties, and had moved here from another state.  He made a better than average income in Des Moines, and was happy with life.  He quickly made new friends with his easy smile, dark hair, and good looks.  Some of the locals introduced…

Quirky Des Moines #2 The Palace

He looked upstream and squinting slightly against the setting sun.  The water rushed by endlessly on its way to the sea past him and his home.  The soft brown clay beneath his feet slowly gave way to his weight as he pondered his next move.  He looked down at the spear point in his hand,…

Quirky Des Moines #1 The Cherry Sisters or Four freaks from Iowa

I am going to begin a series of stories from Des Moines past.  The focus will be to find quirky stories that have not been heard by most people.  The first will be “The Cherry Sisters”. The Cherry sisters (Effie, Jesse, and Addie) grew in Linn County Iowa on a farm close to Marion.  They…

The Next Top Ten Missed Des Moines Restaurants

  The response on the first most missed Des Moines restaurants was great.  There were a lot of good suggestions for restaurants that I missed.  So I decided to make another list.  There are probably enough to make two or three more lists.  I do admit I had some glaring omissions, hopefully this will make…